Gogo to bring connectivity to international China flights

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Photograph of a passenger using the Gogo service in-flight
Gogo’s President and CEO, Michael Small, has described the regulatory approval as a “ground-breaking moment” for the provider.

Gogo has announced that it has received approval from the relevant Chinese regulatory bodies, meaning it can partner with China Telecom Satellite to bring connectivity services to international flights to and from China.

Gogo’s President and CEO, Michael Small, said: “This is really a ground-breaking moment as we expand our global reach as an organisation into China and other parts of the world. For passengers on Gogo equipped flights currently flying into China, this means they will be able to enjoy seamless service once they reach Chinese air space.

“We believe China Telecom Satellite will be a very strong and effective partner for China’s in-flight communication market and both parties will extend the cooperation to Chinese airlines in the future.”

President of China Telecom Satellite, Lv Junli, said: “Gogo is a world-leading in-flight connectivity service provider and we look forward to a partnership that takes full advantage of our respective abilities to deliver superior in-flight connectivity service for both International and Chinese airlines.”

The news comes after Gogo announced earlier this year that it has signed a term sheet with Beijing’s Shareco Technologies. This means that Gogo’s 2Ku solution, along with the Gogo Vision IFE service, will be installed on 50 of the aircraft operated by Shareco’s airline partners, including the likes of Hainan Airlines and Beijing Capital Airlines.